Why the Right Wolf?

One evening an old Cherokee Indian told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, ‘My son, the battle between two ‘wolves’ is inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?’

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed.’

Running with the Wolf

I started 2017 as a bored, slightly over 40, very overweight and kind of miserable corporate drone. Whom at the time thought it completely normal to spend a few nights a week in various bars and clubs until the wee small hours, sometimes with people I hate to admit I barely knew!

As luck would have it a good friend decided to take the time to mention this was probably not the best use of my time and perhaps there were more positive things to be pursued. So with a renewed attention to my wife and little boy it was time for a change. I had always been sporting as a younger person but after 20 years spending 10 hours a day sitting down, clearly weight and fitness were going against me. At the start of 2017 I weighed in at a portly 120.8kgs (265.5lbs) and I had what I’ll call a belly measurement of 49 inches (very deep into the risk zone for type 2 diabetes). Clearly some work needed to be done.

A healthy diet was adopted and the same interventionist friend suggested that maybe signing up for a 10k race might be a way to kick start the fitness by setting a firm goal. With the race booked I set about fat shaming myself on Instagram (all encouragement is welcomed) and headed out on the road.

It was time to run with the Right Wolf……